US gymnast tests Covid positive at Tokyo Olympics

Tokyo Olympics, US athletes, USA Basketball, USA Gymnastics

Gymnast in Olympic Village tests COVID-19 +. Two other US athletes test positive before travel.

Where: Tokyo, Japan

The Facts

▪ Several US athletes tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

▪ Kara Eaker, an alternate on the US women’s gymnastics team, tested positive for COVID-19 at the Olympic Village – according to USA Gymnastics. The athlete, along with another gymnast who was in close contact with her, is under quarantine.

▪ USA Gymnastics said, “The Olympic athletes moved to separate lodging accommodations and a separate training facility, as originally planned, and will continue their preparation for the Games. The entire delegation continues to be vigilant and will maintain strict protocols while they are in Tokyo.”

▪ According to USA Basketball, US men’s national basketball team player Zach LaVine “has been placed under USA Basketball’s health & safety protocols & will not travel with the team to Tokyo today. We hope that Zach will be able to join the team in Tokyo later this week.”

▪ US National Women’s Basketball team member Katie Lou Samuelson tested positive for COVID-19 and will not participate in the Tokyo Olympics – USA Basketball announced that Jackie Young would take Samuelson’s place on the team.

▪ On July 19th, Samuelson said on Instagram, “I am devastated to share that after getting sick with COVID-19, I will not be able to go and compete in Tokyo. Competing in the Olympics has been a dream of mine since I was a little girl, and I hope someday soon, I can come back to realize that dream.”

▪ The Olympics are scheduled to be held from July 23rd to August 8th, 2021.

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